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Astropithecus

Narrated by: Ralph Scott
Length: 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

An asteroid parks on Earth's orbit, and Alex Jones is sent to collect samples and figure it out. But the passenger is chatty, and his revelations are mind-blowing.

©2018 George Saoulidis (P)2018 George Saoulidis

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  • Tiffany
  • 23-01-2019

Astropithecus

Interesting short story. I like the concept behind this story. The narrator did a good job. I received this audio book for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Shannon G
  • 04-01-2019

A Fun Listen

This is a fun short listen. This story deals with man and outer space and what is out there. George Saoulidis hits home with this fun little tale that is well worth twenty minutes of your time. It's a nice story and the narration is superb! Ralph Scott really brought this story to life and truly made the listening experience all the more enjoyable. I will be recommending this story, author and narrator to all my friends!

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  • Kingsley
  • 02-01-2019

Complex story with overdone audio

'Astropithecus' tells the story of an asteroid and its giant ape like occupant. When astronauts from Earth go to investigate the asteroid the occupant brings a profound knowledge of the origins of humanity, and their purpose going forward. Its absurd, but it's good. It ties together lots of mythologies and ideas into an interesting story.

There is some good tongue in cheek humor here that really makes the book. The humor shows the the author is not taking themselves, or the story, too seriously. It acknowledges the absurdity of the premise. I found the ideas in here fun and interesting, but overall it's too much in too short a time. The whole thing would have worked better if it was given a little more time to breathe and grow.

The audio is filled with sound effects, of rockets taking off, air locks opening, etc. There is also a lot of audio overlays on the voices - some for the space ape, some for the radio communications back to Earth and so on. There is also a short bit of tension building music (not unlike 2001 A Space Odyssey's Thus Spoke Zarathustra"). Personally I found it to be too much, especially in such a short package, but I generally don't like effects and music within my books. Your mileage may vary.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • richard r reeves
  • 21-12-2018

An Uplifting Story

This well paced and humorous little story will make you laugh and maybe think a little bit.
As we search for other intelligent beings to share with, perhaps we should start at home.
This is a good read well written.
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  • Jason Begly
  • 20-12-2018

Astropithecus

This was a crazy, wonderful story. I loved the content and the way it was narrated. It is short and there isn't a way to describe it better than the summary. Read it, listen to it, just enjoy it. This is the way a short story should be. See you in 50 years.

This story was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • Marcus
  • 13-12-2018

Ridiculous Fun

"Hey Homo" - they had me at this line. I immediately got the joke and knew the story's humor would be on point -- I wasn't disappointed.

In only 20 minutes, Saoulidis manages to say so much and imply so much more. Though this could be the start of a series with the groundwork laid, I think it stands on its own quite wonderfully and may even be ruined through further exposition.

Ralph Scott did an amazing job narrating. He brought both the characters to life in a way that simply reading the words could not accomplish.

I got this audiobook for free in exchange for my review, and I'm not recommending it based on that fact, but simply on the fact that it's an amazingly fun short tale. It's 20 minutes, what have you got to lose?

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  • Steven Lubliner
  • 28-11-2018

This Space Ape is Good Company!

This is a short tale of science fiction, mythology, and morality. Our current gods could stand to be as smart and agreeable as the titular space ape here. The production has great narration, fun sound effects, and apt background music. A very pleasant listen. Recommended!

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  • Kendra Murray
  • 28-11-2018

A short zany ride into outer space!

Who knew Apes were so friggin smart and erudite?! A fun, short trip with really cool sound effects! Homo Sapiens are in hilarious hands with this offering from George Saoulidis. Narrator Ralph Scott’s styling gives a rocket booster ride to this encounter of the zany kind.

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  • eris
  • 25-01-2019

A fun and crazy scifi short

A very short but thoroughly entertaining and funny short, with some highly dramatized narrating. The interaction with the main character and the space ape is very funny. The narration is very over the top and delivered with glee and great timing, making the whole thing a great listening experience. I would love for this to be maybe a part of a short collection or something because I'd love to hear other shorts in the same vein.

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  • Kristoffer Hess
  • 13-01-2019

Humorous Science Fiction

I honestly wasn't expecting a lot from a 18 minute short story but if your into lighthearted science fiction you'll most likely get a chuckle or two from this. This is one of those experiences that an ability to suspend your disbelief makes it a quick fun experience because of the zany nature of what occurs in the short story and the voice acting by Ralph Scott complements that aspect of the short story very well.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-12-2018

Hello

A twenty minute short of sheer de!ight. Terror strikes the earth when an asteroid is spotted heading directly on a collision course, but instead of crashing, it goes into orbit. An astronaut is sent out to inspect it.
Perfectly read by Ralph Scott, with both clarity and good intonation, this amusing story is made even more unreal by the doubling of end credits which increases a sense of surrealism. My thanks to Mythographers who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy of Astropithicus. Great fun.